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Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

johnsnails Re: Linus is right (358 comments)

Having a cult status allows you to be a jerk and get improved results. The guy after linus will be nothing more than a kernel maintainer and if he's a jerk and I'm deciding what project to volunteer my time too, well life's too short to feel like a dickhead.

about a week ago

NSA Official: Supporting Backdoored Random Number Generator Was "Regrettable"

johnsnails Re:Wait, which part is he sorry about now? (106 comments)

Yup that is what I was referring too!

But don't get me wrong, I am with you(Narcocide) on the +5 Insightful! I more just meant the cynicism we hold for NSA is such that we assume that when they appologise, its for getting caught not for doing wrong.

about two weeks ago

KDE Frameworks 5.3 and Plasma 2.1 – First Impressions

johnsnails Re:kde5 (84 comments)

KDE5 or what ever the correct thing to call it is, is WAY more functional then kde4 when it first came out. But at this point I don't see a compelling reason to upgrade on my day-2-day machine. But dont see myself waiting too long either.

From a user perspective, it just feels like a modern skin with super fast hassle free search. So shouldn't be to long before I upgrade (I hope).

about two weeks ago

KDE Frameworks 5.3 and Plasma 2.1 – First Impressions

johnsnails kde5 (84 comments)

Visually, kde5 is really nice, but not nice enough or stable enough or feature rich enough to upgrade from 4 at the moment.
Im sure the people who grew up on kde 3 said the same about kde4 when it came out but early adopters like me put up with it because it was shiny and had not realised how powerful kde 3 was.

about two weeks ago

Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

johnsnails Re:Why do I want to upgrade? (437 comments)

Slow (on my nexus 5)
Chrome crashes frequently

Multiple accounts on a mobile device (not just tablet).
Nice transitions (when they work).

I like it on my nexus 9, I don't really like it on my Nexus 5.

about two weeks ago

What's Wrong With the Manhattan Project National Park

johnsnails Jeffrey (160 comments)

Jeffrey works at the Parks Department, a career that causes his father tremendous pride.

about two weeks ago

Finnish Bank OP Under Persistent DDoS Attack

johnsnails Re:affordable wine (92 comments)

Maybe they know you won't and they are trying to slur a competitor who would never spam /. for that I am going to click the link and buy some WINE Is Not an Emulator...

about three weeks ago

US CTO Tries To Wean the White House Off Floppy Disks

johnsnails Re: Jedi (252 comments)

I agreed with you up until your last sentence.

about three weeks ago

US CTO Tries To Wean the White House Off Floppy Disks

johnsnails Jedi (252 comments)

Jed will be able to pick up where George left off.

about three weeks ago

Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

johnsnails Re: Do a prenup (447 comments)

Insert Seinfeld reference

about 3 months ago

Samsung Paid Microsoft $1 Billion Last Year In Android Royalties

johnsnails Re: And? (93 comments)

Not sure which part of ur comment you are being modded insightful for. Both are depending on your bias.

about 4 months ago

Tor Executive Director Hints At Firefox Integration

johnsnails Re: "private browsing mode" (117 comments)

It use to be the case that ur zoom settings were preserved from incognito mode. Not sure if it is still the case. Not in a position to check ATM.

about 4 months ago

XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller For 5 Months

johnsnails Re:Insert obligatory XKCD here (169 comments)

We have used it in addition with some indesign (or was it PS?) feature to get really nice detailed points of a country that we then used for state selection of a country. That has worked particularly well. But other then that I dont really like it.

about 5 months ago



Yii 2.0 RC is released

johnsnails johnsnails writes  |  about 4 months ago

johnsnails (1715452) writes "We are very pleased to announce the release of Yii 2.0 RC (Release Candidate).

This RC release includes about 100 bug fixes and 200 new features and enhancements. It is a result of five months of intensive development since the prior Beta release. During this period, we have received a lot of help from the Yii community users. We hereby thank everyone who has contributed to Yii and made this release possible. You are the best!

Check out the definitive guide here"

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Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps dies

johnsnails johnsnails writes  |  about 10 months ago

johnsnails (1715452) writes "THE fiery founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, who drew international condemnation for outrageous and hate-filled protests that blamed almost everything, including the deaths of AIDS victims and US soldiers, on America's tolerance for gay people, has died. He was 84."
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Bitcoin exchange boss, Autumn Radtke, found dead of suspected suicide in Singapo

johnsnails johnsnails writes  |  about a year ago

johnsnails (1715452) writes "IT SEEMS controversial virtual currency bitcoin has claimed its first life.

THE American chief executive of a bitcoin exchange has been found dead at her home in Singapore.

Autumn Radtke, 28, was found dead in her apartment on February 28 and investigators are awaiting toxicology tests to confirm that her death was a suicide.

Radtke formerly worked with Apple and other Silicon Valley tech firms on developing digital payment systems before taking up the position with First Meta, an exchange for the digital currency bitcoin."

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Are you smart enough to work at a start-up?

johnsnails johnsnails writes  |  about a year ago

johnsnails (1715452) writes "EVER fancied yourself the next Mark Zuckerberg or David Karp?

Well, here's your chance to shine.

Sydney-based tech company Bigcommerce is recruiting engineers to work in their inner-city warehouse offices, fitted out with ping pong tables, Xboxes and nerf guns in true start-up vibe.

The only thing standing in your way is solving the ridiculously difficult riddle pictured above.

Once cracked, the code will generate a phone number that leads to a "batphone" in their Sydney offices."

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Kevin Rudd quits as leader as Tony Abbott storms to victory.

johnsnails johnsnails writes  |  about a year ago

johnsnails (1715452) writes "KEVIN Rudd has conceded defeat to Tony Abbott in the election and said he will not recontest the Labor leadership. Mr Rudd called on the nation to unite behind Mr Abbott as prime minister. “As Prime Minister of Australia I wish him well now in the high office of Australian prime minister.” “Tonight is the time to unite as the great Australian nation. Because whatever our politics may be we are all first and foremost Australian."
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Girl, 11, has higher IQ than Einstein

johnsnails johnsnails writes  |  about a year and a half ago

johnsnails (1715452) writes "THE smartest person in Britain isn't an Oxbridge professor or BBC boffin, it's an 11-year-old girl with huge aspirations.
Cerys Cooksammy-Parnell scored the maximum of 162 on a Mensa IQ test in July, ranking her smarter than Einstein and Stephen Hawking, the Wall St Journal reports."

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The PHP development team is proud to announce the immediate availability of PHP

johnsnails johnsnails writes  |  about a year and a half ago

johnsnails (1715452) writes "The PHP development team is proud to announce the immediate availability of PHP 5.5.0. This release includes a large number of new features and bug fixes. The key features of PHP 5.5.0 include:
  • Added generators and coroutines.
  • Added "finally" keyword.
  • Added simplified password hashing API.
  • Added support for constant array/string dereferencing.
  • Added Class Name Resolution As Scalar Via "class" Keyword
  • Added support for using empty() on the result of function calls and other expressions
  • Added support for non-scalar Iterator keys in foreach
  • Added support for list in foreach
  • Added Zend Opcache extension and enable building it by default.
  • The GD library has been upgraded to version 2.1 adding new functions and improve existing functionality.
  • A lot more improvements and fixes

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Researchers hack Google Australia headquarters building

johnsnails johnsnails writes  |  about a year and a half ago

johnsnails (1715452) writes "RESEARCHERS have managed to easily hack the building management system of Google's Sydney headquarters.

The researchers from security firm Cylance were able to obtain the password for the control system for the waterfront Pyrmont office, where it could access the system that controls alarms and other building services."

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Yii 2 is now available for public preview at GitHub

johnsnails johnsnails writes  |  about a year and a half ago

johnsnails (1715452) writes "We are very pleased to announce that Yii 2 is now available for public preview at GitHub. This is a major milestone during the Yii 2 development which was started more than two years ago and has since undergone complete rewrite.

Note that Yii 2 is still under heavy development. We may introduce significant changes without prior notices. So please do not use it for production.



We sincerely invite you to review and play around the code, and give us feedback. We also welcome you to participate in developing Yii 2."

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US ambassador explains his fight against Game of Thrones piracy

johnsnails johnsnails writes  |  about a year and a half ago

johnsnails (1715452) writes "THE US ambassador to Australia, who lambasted Australians for pirating popular fantasy TV series Game of Thrones, has explained why he does not have "anything better to do" than to fight this issue."
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Facebook tries to takeover the world with a redirection bug

johnsnails johnsnails writes  |  about 2 years ago

johnsnails (1715452) writes "Some of the biggest news sites in the world disappeared today when Facebook took over the internet with a redirection bug.

Visitors to sites such as The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, the Gawker network, NBC News and News.com.au were immediately transferred to a Facebook error page upon loading their intended site."

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Dozens suspended in Harvard University cheat scandal

johnsnails johnsnails writes  |  about 2 years ago

johnsnails (1715452) writes "AROUND 60 students at Harvard University have been suspended and others disciplined in a mass cheating scandal at the elite college, the campus newspaper reports.

The Harvard Crimson quoted an email from Faculty of Arts and Sciences dean Michael Smith that said more than half of the cases heard by administrators in the scandal, which erupted last year, had resulted in suspension orders."

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What do you think of this poem my computer nerd friend wrote for his girlfriend

johnsnails johnsnails writes  |  more than 2 years ago

johnsnails (1715452) writes "My friend wrote this poem for his new girlfriend. The whole poem is full of programming and computer references. I wanted to ask the /. community what they thought of the references and any mistakes he has made (or kudos where due). He will be reading your replies!

My love for you is dynamic and compiled on the run. Never will a
compile time bug stop us even trying. Just in time is the way we

Our interface is love, polymorphic in every way, always constrained by
Ilove (I love, the interface name for love by convection adding an "I"
turns it into "I love" lol)

I'll catch your exceptions and never let them bubble away. Will you be
the code the completes my abstract heart?

Like garbage collection I will take out the trash for you. I'll manage
our memories and create more than enough, never losing even one. Never
will there be a pointer to a memory of ours that can't be found.

I walked our stack and couldn't find a trace of any leak, my love for
you is on the heap, it's not going away anytime soon.

I tried redefining our love but it has already been declared, I love you

They said I was object orientated, your more than an object, your my
script to happiness

I tired reading ur past but got an out of bounds, I incremented the
pointer and saw your future, I'll always be here with you

Love was undefined so I just set it to you and I

We break and point to look at the locals, and see what's in our
hearts, their the same reference destined to be linked together

I did and extern on the entry to my heart so you can always find it

My manifest has you all over it, there's no denying your in my heart
through and through

I overrode our destructor and will never release our memories, our
love will never be lost

When we were constructed I started an infinite loop, no one else has
control, our love will never end

I'm asynchronous, i'll call you back all the time

When that event hit us from a different thread, we just synchronised
our hearts and kept on loving

Tell me my bugs and I'll comment them out for you

The message loop is full of one thing, you

Ajax called to say json had a message. It was I love you

I love you like jquery loves the dom.
I love you like knockout loves binding
I love you like and an event loves a handler
I love you like html loves css
I love you like JavaScript loves chrome
I love you more than I love html5
Your the one for me

I'll listen to your heart beat so our connection will never dropout.
I'll love you with nbn speeds

My password is our first kiss, I'll never change it, and no one can
ever steal it.

I went to ping you but had to stop at every hop, it was worth it to
know you were there all along

I looked up your name and found it was non-authorative, that's
something I can fix but I'll have to change a part of your name and
move you to my place

We don't need a controller to tell us our view is full of model love

I did a dig and found your name, then i did an arp and found your
address, the next protocol is all physical.

You have a static arp entry in my heart, you can change ur number, you
can change you name, I'll always find you and never loose you

You can pull the plug I've auto saved our love

I hope you don't mind, I self signed our love, other people may not
trust it, but we both know who we are

If you were optimised nothing would be removed

Like a stack overflow to an infinite recursion I couldn't escape
thinking about u"

Kogan wages war on Internet Explorer: Users taxed Read more: http://www.news.co

johnsnails johnsnails writes  |  more than 2 years ago

johnsnails (1715452) writes "ONLINE electronics retailer Kogan.com has announced it will be charging customers a 6.8 per cent penalty if they use the "antique" browser Internet Explorer 7 to buy their products.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/technology/kogan-wages-war-on-internet-explorer-users-taxed/story-e6frfro0-1226395298505#ixzz1xjoCUwse"

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Shouryya Ray solves 300-year-old mathematical riddle posed by Isaac Newton

johnsnails johnsnails writes  |  more than 2 years ago

johnsnails writes "A GERMAN 16-year-old has become the first person to solve a mathematical problem posed by Sir Isaac Newton more than 300 years ago.
Shouryya Ray worked out how to calculate exactly the path of a projectile under gravity and subject to air resistance, The (London) Sunday Times reported.
The Indian-born teen said he solved the problem that had stumped mathematicians for centuries while working on a school project.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/technology/german-teen-shouryya-ray-solves-300-year-old-mathematical-riddle-posed-by-sir-isaac-newton/story-e6frfro0-1226368490157#ixzz1w3LI5N1w"

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Computer glitch hits CBA customers as police give

johnsnails johnsnails writes  |  more than 3 years ago

johnsnails (1715452) writes "THE SOFTWARE glitch bugging Commonwealth Bank customers has caused at least one ATM to spill out "thousands of dollars" prompting the police to send several officers to guard at least one machine until it could be fixed.
The ATM at Plumpton Marketplace, in Sydney's West, had at least two or three policeman guarding it, Plumpton Fast Photo retail assistant Jancy said.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/money/banking/computer-glitch-hits-cba-customers/story-e6frfmcr-1226014261756#ixzz1FKPrBxO1"

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KDE 4.6 is Out!

johnsnails johnsnails writes  |  more than 3 years ago

johnsnails (1715452) writes "The KDE® Community is an international technology team dedicated to creating a free and user-friendly computing experience, offering an advanced graphical desktop, a wide variety of applications for communication, work, education and entertainment and a platform to easily build new applications upon. We have a strong focus on finding innovative solutions to old and new problems, creating a vibrant atmosphere open for experimentation."
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